The police have issued advice for Brits travelling abroad on what to do in a terror attack.
While there’s no specific intelligence that Brits will be targeted, the police have put together a new video to raise awareness of what to do should the situation arise.
The four-minute clip offers a variation on the police’s ‘run, hide, tell’ message. In the video, a firearms attack unfolds at a hotel, and holidaymakers are shown reacting. The general advice is not to stop and engage in conversation or negotiations – instead, you should try get away. This is the safest approach.
The message was initially introduced in 2015, and encourages the public to first of all run to a place of safety, leaving your belongings behind. It’s advised that they encourage others to go with them, but not to be slowed down by others’ indecision.
If there’s no safe place, you should hide and turn your phone to silent.
As soon as it’s safe to do so, alert the authorities. In EU countries, the emergency phone number is 112.
“The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low but sadly we’ve seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad,” Detective Superintendent Scott Wilson, nation co-ordinator for the protect and prepare strategy, told the Press Association. “So it is important that everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.
“We want people to think of this in the same way they do the safety film airlines show before take-off.
“They don’t expect anything bad to happen, but it is sensible safety precaution to show people what to do.”